Years and years of sun, gusts and gusts of wind, and the occasional rain that has strayed down off the plain have had their effects on this church carving – but that glimmer of a smile still lingers on.
If ever Spain decides it needs a new flag, they could do worse than an angled white building set against a stunning blue sky.
Whilst the rain in Spain might stay mainly on the plain, the sun gets all over the place. Through the orange trees, through the terracotta urbanisations, even through the roadside signs themselves.
Turn your back on the concrete blockhouses and you see something very different. The blue sea merges into the blue sky and black-masted boats crystallise where they meet.
There is something about the new bits of Spain: it’s all surfaces and straight lines. It is like they have been designed using just a handful of instruments from a child’s geometry set – on the day the pair of compasses went missing.